Four straightforward steps to success by Jim Rohn
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Four straightforward steps to success by Jim Rohn

Below are four simple steps from the late Jim Rohn, who was an entrepreneur and motivation speaker. I thought these would be especially helpful to highly sensitive people, as we can always use more inspiration to help us succeed. Also, these thoughtful tips leverage things most of us are already good at, such as information gathering, planning, problem solving, and perserverance.

1. Collect good ideas. My mentor taught me to keep a journal when I was 25 years old. It’s the best collecting place for all of the ideas and information that comes your way. And that inspiration will be passed on to my children and my grandchildren. (more…)

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Cliff Harwin’s Interview With Grace Kerina
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Cliff Harwin’s Interview With Grace Kerina

Here’s an interview that I had done with Grace Kerina in 2009:

I would imagine that working in the pest control industry would be difficult for a highly sensitive person for a variety of reasons, such as being around pesticides and killing insects and rodents. Is it? If so, how do you manage?

I’ve been in the pest control industry for over thirty years. I first became involved with the industry when I started working in my father’s business. I eventually started my own company and have been self-employed for twenty-nine years. I didn’t have a great desire to start my own business, but I realized that it was the best way for me to “survive” and sustain myself. I didn’t know that I was a HSP at the time, but my instincts told me I needed to be in a situation where I could control my work environment at my own pace. I would strongly suggest to your readers that they might be happier and more productive in their own business or in a position where they have a lot of independence.

My pest control work involves taking care of insect and rodent problems in homes and businesses. I truly feel that I’m in a helping profession. We HSPs are very helpful people! I help people by protecting them from the diseases that some insects and rodents can cause and also by protecting their properties from damage. The first thing I do is make recommendations for preventing pest problems, such as making repairs or checking for infested food products. I don’t indiscriminately use pesticides or rodenticides. I’m certified by the State of New Jersey and only use products that are approved by The Environmental Protection Agency. I see myself as an environmentalist. (more…)

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Would you like to be self-employed?

I made a conscious decision at a young age to have my own business. I didn’t necessarily have a burning desire to do this, but I decided it was the best way to support myself. Being the non-conformist and highly sensitive person that I am, I found it more stressful to work for someone else than to be self-employed.

Here are some advantages of self-employment:

  • You set your own schedule and choose your own hours. As a highly sensitive person, I needed to have the flexibility to work at my own pace.
  • You don’t have to ask permission to do anything. I never liked to ask permission for anything from anyone, particularly from my parents, teachers, and employers. (more…)

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